Milwaukee area brunch guide
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Dec. 22, 2012 at 8:56 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.
The Monday-through-Friday grind hardly allows time for bacon, eggs and hashbrowns in the morning. And even if there is time to whip 'em up, they're usually scarfed down in a hurry.
That's where weekend brunches come in. Forget that alarm clock, catch some Zs and savor a hearty breakfast at these Milwaukee-area restaurants when you wake up. If we've forgotten your favorite brunch spot, please add it to the list with the talkback feature.
5117 W. National Ave., (414) 647-8509
Hit the ultimate home run with Sunday brunch at 4th Base. Try pancakes, custom-designed omelets or homemade waffles. Prices range from $7 to $30.
124 W. National Ave., (414) 276-7666
If you thought Ashley's began and ends with barbecue, you might want to take a second look. Their new sit-down location features Sunday brunch including a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, bottomless mimosas and an Ashley's Bar-B-Que classic, the soul food buffet, beginning Sundays at noon.
1716 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 755-0099
Who's to say the spot that offers your favorite late-night glass of red or white can't be up fresh and ready the next morning? Balzac stays up late and wakes up early to serve you your morning fill of Benedicts, crepes and even red wine-infused Bloody Marys. Serving brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Balzac melds the classic comfort of a hearty breakfast with the cozy ambience of their Brady Street wine bar. Order from their extensive wine list or partake in Balzac versions of Bloody Marys, mimosas and coffee drinks. Specialties include Really French toast, egg and wild boar bake and smoked trout Benedict. Prices range $7-12.
Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
3133 E. Newberry Blvd., (414) 962-6300
A commanding view of Lake Michigan makes this the perfect Sunday champagne brunch spot. The menu features upscale specialties like Tournedos de Boeuf and Pain Perdu (French toast and bacon with apricot preserves, maple-rum syrup and vanilla cream). Items range from $23 to $37 and are served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Beans and Barley
1901 E. North Ave., (414) 278-7878
From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, brunch makes an appearance at Beans and Barley. For $4.50 to $9.50 you can pick from infinite egg items: poached, omelets, scrambled, Benedict and even tofu scramblers for the vegetarians. Breakfast burritos and pancakes are also served.
317 N. 76th St., (414) 299-3180
Blue's Egg is one of the few places in town where you'll find brunch (complete with breakfast cocktails) seven days a week. Serving breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, the menu carries omelets and Benedicts throughout the day. Specialties include stuffed "Blue's Browns," house-made corned beef and pulled ham, savory French toast, vegetarian options, salads, sandwiches and made-from-scratch everything. Monday through Friday, opt to take your meal on the run with a quick "grab and go" menu from 7 to 10 a.m. and full coffee service.
Boerner Botanical Gardens
9400 Boerner Dr., (414) 525-5635
Enjoy the view of the beautiful garden landscape while indulging in a brunch buffet provided by Bartolotta's Catering. Featuring a variety of stations from made-to-order omelets, carved meats, waffles, fruits and petite desserts, you're sure to find your fill. Brunch is served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Reservations are strongly suggested. Pricing is $21.95 for adults and $10.95 for children 3-12.
1850 N. Water St., (414) 431-9009
From what we've heard, the soda bread and orange-honey butter served at Brocach's brunch is not to be missed. The menu offers everything from the Big Irish Breakfast and Ploughman's Breakfast to corned beef hash and the Dublin City Burger. Stop in on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Buckley's Kikseam Inn
801 N. Cass St., (414) 277-1111
Don't miss indulging in a leisurely brunch at this cozy spot just around the corner from Cathedral Square. Options include classic lox and bagel, seasonal quiche specials and pasta carbonara, along with classics like corned beef hash and eggs Benedict. Sunday brunch, featuring items from $8-11, is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1505 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-7076
Specializing in soups, salads, vegetarian fare and sandwiches, as well as weekly specials, Cafe 1505 serves up an excellent brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Also available are handmade Bloody Marys and Bailey's & coffee.
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0377
Cafe Centraal brunch is home to maybe one of the most gluttonous yet delicious items to date. The Napolean Dynamite combines a tower of pancakes, four pieces of bacon, two fried eggs, cheese sauce and maple syrup. Sounds like a bit too much? Don't worry, they've got fun spins on all the classics including omelets, waffles, French toast and Benedicts. Serving brunch Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., check the menu for details because the menu is slightly different depending on the day. Many of the dishes can be prepared gluten-free.
3129 N. Bremen St., (414) 810-3941
It might be tough to get a table in this tiny Riverwest restaurant, but brunch is well worth the wait. Offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., brunch is a mixture of Latin-infused specialties and classic favorites. Cafe Corazon prides itself on using locally grown ingredients, including beef and seasonal produce from their family farm, Richway Acres. The brunch drink menu offers a "beermosa" (orange juice and Tecate beer) along with a variety of non-alcoholic beverages.
2608 N. Downer Ave., (414) 963-6366
7677 W. State St., (414) 475-6771
Café Hollander's specialty might be Belgian brews, but they also do a pretty good job with brunch. Served Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the cafe offers such dishes as the Mrs. Hollander, featuring thinly sliced Black Forest ham, two fried eggs, Belgian bier cheese sauce and tomato on a croissant. The Wauwatosa location offers a slightly different menu, but with the same appealing East Side swagger.
2261 S. Howell Ave., (414) 294-LULU
Enjoy Lulu's delicious brunch on Sundays until 3 p.m. Choose from a limited variety of popular sandwiches or opt for a Hangover Hamburger, featuring black angus beef, cheddar, bacon and egg. Or, order one of their specialty scrambles or just basic eggs and toast. Prices range from $6.50 to $10.75.
Cafe at the Plaza
1007 N. Cass St., (414) 272-0515
There's old-school brunch and breakfast goodness at the Plaza's cafe. Featuring fresh, seasonal, organic ingredients, guests can enjoy made-from-scratch dishes like The Scrambler or a make-your-own omelet while enjoying the Plaza's classic Art Deco architecture. Open for brunch Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pricing ranges from $5.25 to 10.75.
728 E. Brady St., (414) 271-6000
Take the opportunity to check out Casablanca's newly remodeled space by showing up on Sundays for their brunch buffet. Offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the buffet offers a wide variety of meats (lamb, chicken and beef), sweets such as stuffed falafel, as well as vegetarian options.
1022 S. 1st St., (414) 672-1040
Probably one of the only places in town to fold authentic crepes, you can have "brunch" at Chez Jacques Tuesday through Sunday starting at 10 a.m. Fresh-baked croissants complement sweet or savory crepes and a list of quiches. Prices range from $5.95 to 13.95.
117 E. Wells St., (414) 272-1688
Bountiful buffet meals are offered for weekday lunches and weekend evenings as well as a Sunday brunch including dim sum for $11.95 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
1947 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 273-7677
This East Side favorite serves brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comet's menu includes brunch classics as well as many vegetarian and vegan options. Order off of the specials board for adventurous takes on classic brunch fare, and don't forget to check out the vegan baked goods. Bloody Marys, with or without bacon, are their specialty. Prices range from $5 to $11.
1323 E. Brady St., (414) 727-4217
Known for its Neopolitan pizza, Crisp also shines when it comes to brunch. Serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 11:30 a.m., Crisp offers breakfast pizza with scrambled eggs, green pepper, Nueske's bacon or sausage gravy on their delicious signature crust. Other offerings like dipped Brioche French toast, biscuits and gravy and house omelets will please just about any palate. Prices range from $8 to 12.
The Eatery on Farwell
2014 North Farwell Ave., (414) 220-1110
Consider The Eatery experts when it comes to the first meal of the day. Serving breakfast every day of the week, this cozy brunch spot shines when it comes to classic eggs and bacon, fluffy homemade buttermilk pancakes or breakfast bagels. But, they also offer a wide variety of more imaginative dishes like a steak breakfast burrito, huevos rancheros and bread pudding French toast. Vegetarians will delight in the tofu skillet, veggie burrito or veg-a-stack benedict. Pricing ranges from $4.95 to $13.75. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
W349 N5293 Lacy's Ln., Okauchee, (262) 567-7047
A bit of a drive from downtown, Golden Mast is known as one of the old-school formal and full brunch purveyors. For $21.50 ($9.95 for kids under 12), you get a four-course all-you-can-eat buffet with all the trimmings. Brunch includes a complimentary glass of sparkling champagne, choice of fruit juice or coffee, tea or milk.
Harry's Bar and Grill
3549 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 964-6800
Harry's brunch is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Items such as breakfast pasta, breakfast crab cakes and eggs Benedict range from $7 to $13.
1701 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 225-9330
The Saturday and Sunday brunch menu features Benedicts, French toast, burgers and breakfast BLTs, with items from $7 to $13. Come between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
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Devon's Seafood & Grill in the Bayshore mall has a FABOULOUS brunch. It is served on Sun.'s from 10-2. The cost is $24 but....you don't pay extra for any non-alcoholic drink. That means, coffee,orange juice, milk whatever they serve that's NA is included. No other brunch does that. Bloody Mary's and mimosa's are only $4.50 and 1/2 price bottles of wine all day. The brunch selections are UNBELIEVABLE!!! This our FAVORITE brunch!! FEATURING OMELET BAR HAND CARVED BEEF TENDERLOIN MADE TO ORDER BELGIUM WAFFLES FROM THE EMPORIUM TABLE SEASONAL FRESH FRUIT CHAR CRUSTED AHI TUNA GRILLED ASAPARGUS SALAD WITH WALNUT VIANIAGRETTE ASSORTED SMOKED FISH PEEL & EAT SHRIMP VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS ENGLISH CUCUMBER & FETA SALAD ASSORTED CHEESES ON THE HOT SIDE SCRAMBLED EGGS SHRIMP ENCHILADAS ALMOND CRUSTED TILAPIA SWEET POTATO CORN HASH APPLEWOOD SMOKED BACON SAUSAGE THAI CHICKEN WINGS JAMBALAYA LOBSTER MAC NCHEESE CHICKEN PICCATA SAUTEED GREEN BEANS ROASTED YUKON GOLD POTATOES DESSERT TABLE CARROT CAKE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES KEY LIME TARTS GRAND MARNIER WHITE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE PANNA COTTA
Please consider giving us a try at "nines" at the River Club of Mequon. Always open to the public, we serve an outstanding Sunday Brunch, 52 weeks a year in a captivating and contemporary environement. 18.95. (10.95 for 12 and under. Under 5 fre) .Check out the menu, the atmospherics and what's going on at.... http://www.ninesattheriverclub.com/ We also have free live music every Thursday night via our ninesLive series.
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